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The Amazing Cleaning Power of Bar Keepers Friend

I can’t say enough good things about Bar Keepers Friend. Barkeepers Friend This awesome clean-all has been around since 1882 and I first learned about it waiting tables at Red Lobster in the 80’s.

This stuff will get any stain out of your countertops, clean the sooty blemishes from the bottom of your cookware, make your sink sparkle again, take the cooked-on crud off your glass and ceramic cooktops, polish your copper and brass, make your tub and shower shine, unstain your grout, remove rust and more.

We use this pretty exclusively in our home, having foregone every other cleaner in every other room of the house. It’s safe for septic systems and has no phosphates – an important thing these days. I encourage you to give it a try and let me know in the comments if you have anything that it won’t clean, and certainly tell me if you have new uses for it.

You can get it for just a couple of bucks at Wal-Mart on the cleaning products aisle. It’s usually on the bottom shelf for some reason, but you can’t miss the shiny gold canister.


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